An athlete from Hearne has received an invitation to compete in the 2012 Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon, June 26 through July 1. If he makes the team, he will represent the United Stated in the 2012 London Olympic Games. Despite he athletic skills, Carter may not get to compete without support from his community through a benefit fund established at First Victoria National Bank.
Chris Carter is a 24-year-old man who started his Olympic journey early when he set the State 2A triple jump record as a senior at Hearne High School.
After graduation, he was recruited by the University of Houston to train with Tom Tellez, the same jumping coach who trained Carl Lewis.
Carter competed in the Pan Am games and earned USA Conference championships and became a NCAA All-American in Indoor and Outdoor Triple Jump in 2011. He also received the University of Houston’s Male Cougar Athlete of the Year award during his senior year.
Carter has continued to set his sights high after his graduation last December, training for the Olympic tryouts since he found out he qualified last June.
“I always take it one year at a time,” Carter says. “Last year my goal was the world championship, and now this year has been the Olympics.”
Carter is facing this challenge the same way he’s faced all the others: “I’m just [looking] at it as a regular meet,” he says. “I’m trying to feel like an underdog so I’ll have less to lose.”
Carter’s work isn’t confined to the athletic field; he may not even get to Oregon without the help of his community. A benefit account has been established at First Victoria National Bank as the Chris Carter Benefit Fund to help cover the costs of traveling to the Olympic Trials in Oregon. Those who wish to help Carter reach his dream of becoming an Olympian from the small town of Hearne can make donations to the fund.